[Every week, Gamasutra rounds up the titles released for the major console and portable digital delivery services, as compiled by editor Ryan Langley over at sister site GamerBytes.]
It's time to look at the digital-first titles debuting this week across both North America and Europe on the major console digital systems, including the Xbox 360's Xbox Live Arcade service, the PlayStation Network for PS3 and PSP titles, as well as Nintendo's WiiWare and DSiWare services.
Notable releases this week include the XBLA release of The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile, the PSN and XBLA releases of Red Factions: Battlegrounds, and Karoshi on the PSP Mini.
Xbox Live Arcade (Worldwide)
Some great games out this week -- The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile is now available for 800MSP. Got the chance to play this over the weekend, and I highly recommend it. Also available this week is Red Factions: Battlegrounds for 800MSP, which is also available for free with some preorders of Red Faction: Armageddon.
One new piece of DLC this week, The Hobo King for Stacking for 400MSP.
This week's Deal Of The Week is Battlefield 1943 for 600MSP, if you're a Gold subscriber.
PlayStation Network (U.S.)
This week brings two new games to the fold for the PlayStation Network -- Stardrone, just a few weeks late from its EU release, is now available for $7.99, complete with Move support. Alongside it is Red Factions: Battlegrounds, a racer / destruction derby game based in the Red Faction Universe, which you can grab for $9.99, or is a preorder gift in some places for the upcoming Armageddon.
Also this week is the Mushroom Wars Online patch, some 3 months after the European release. The add-on itself is an additional $2.99, and you can buy 5 additional map packs for $0.99 each. Also on the DLC front is a new piece of DLC for Double Fine's Stacking: The Lost Hobo King available for $4.99.
And on the minis side we have one new game -- Fish Tank for $3.99, as well as a merged multipack with 3,2,1…SuperCrash! + Dr. MiniGames for $3.99.
And this week's deals:
Hamsterball (PS3) (now $4.99, original price $9.99)
Angry Birds (PSP/PS3) (now $1.99, original price $3.99)
Lara Croft And The Guardian Of Light (PS3) (now $7.49, original price $14.99)
Soldner-X 2: Final Prototype Complete Bundle (PS3) (now $12.99, original price $14.99)
Soldner-X 2: Final Prototype (now $9.99, original price $12.99)
Age of Booty (PS3) (now $4.99, original price $9.99)
Rocketmen: Axis of Evil (Full Game) (PS3) (now $4.99, original price $6.99)
Rocketmen: Total Uranus Bundle (PS3) (now $6.99, original price $9.99)
Wolf of The Battlefield: Commando 3 (PS3) (now $4.99, original price $9.99)
PlayStation Network (Europe)
Surprise release for PlayStation Network users in Europe -- Dungeon Hunter: Alliance is now available for £9.99/€12.99. This is Gameloft's Diablo-esque title made specifically for PSN, and it has online multiplayer too!
Alongside it is Red Faction: Battlegrounds for £6.29/€7.99, a Penny Arcade Adventures: Episode 1 And 2 Bundle for £11.99/€14.99, and the retail release of MAG £24.99/€29.99.
We also have some DLC -- Stacking: The Lost Hobo King for £3.19/€3.99, and My Aquarium – Underwater Glamour Set 2 £0.79/€0.99.
And finally, a single PSP mini -- Karoshi for £2.49/€2.99.
And these are this week's deals:
Faery: Legends of Avalon (was – £11.99/€14.99 now – £7.19/€8.99)
Sports Superbike 2 (PSone) (was – £3.59/€2.99 now – £1.99/€2.49)
All-Star Boxing (PSone) (was – £3.99/€4.99 now – £2.39/€2.99)
Ace Armstrong vs. The Alien Scumbags (mini) (was – £3.99/€4.99 now – £0.99/€1.19)
Card Shark (mini) (was – £2.49/€2.99 now – £0.99/€1.19)
Arcade Darts – Reduced to £1.74/€1.99
Arcade Air Hockey and Bowling – Reduced to £1.99/€2.49
Soccer Bashi – Reduced to £1.99/€2.49
101-in-1 Megamix – Reduced to £7.99/€9.99
Fading Shadows – Reduced to £3.99/€4.99
WiiWare/DSiWare (North America)
Some interesting bits out today, starting with the Virtual Console release Super Bonk. This is Hudson's first Super Nintendo game on VC if I'm not mistaken, and it's available now for 800 Points.
Also available this week are a few DSiWare titles, notably From The Abyss: Anonymous Notes, an excerpt of the 2007 DS RPG of the same name for 200 Points, A Fairy Tale by Lemon Games for 500 Points, and Absolute Baseball by Tasuke for 500 Points.
And finally, one new WiiWare game -- Planet Fish for 500 Points.
This week's American Nintendo update had very little in it, but who thought the European update would beat it in terms of lack of content?
One new DSiWare game today -- GO Series: Captain Sub for 200 Points, and a single Virtual Console release with Brawl Brothers for 800 Points. No new WiiWare, just a demo of Soccer Bashi